How Network Optimization Interconnection and 5G will Drive your BusinessNovember 13, 2018
Whether they are using public private or multicloud approaches, businesses today rely on colocation services to maintain connectivity and access for customers and end users across the globe. Many of those colocation service providers and the businesses they serve are coming up against the need for greater bandwidth, faster speeds and lower latency in the age of IoT and big data. Not a minute too soon, 5G is emerging as the fulcrum point of network optimization and interconnection choices to provide those data transport characteristics.
Although 5G is still in its early stages, the potential for browsing speeds seven times faster than 4G and download speeds as high as 100 MBps will transform businesses in the digital age. Instant device and application responsiveness across massive networks of users will be a game changer for expanding and new service offerings.
Bandwidth expansion as high as 10Gb/s will make it possible to deliver applications such as AR and VR via 5G. But there are also much broader use cases for 5G where businesses across all sectors depend on IoT, AI mobility application access and more to provide services and connectivity for end users and customers.
Past Telehouse blogs have discussed how 5G will impact data centers. But it will also offer huge potential for the development of new technologies via colocation services that make edge computing possible. Together with the broader interconnection choices that colocation services providers can leverage, 5G will enable faster reactions to changing network conditions as well as service and application request. One of the technologies that is quickly taking hold to further enhance this service and accessibility boon is software-defined networking (SDN).
The flexibility of SDN, which separates the control plane and network hardware with true network programmability in real-time, will benefit immensely from 5G and interconnectivity. 5G and SDN will allow greater network flexibility and programmability while also spurring innovation and new services on demand.
IoT, AI and autonomous technologies will require complex interconnected networks to meet coverage, bandwidth and low latency needs, which is where 5G will shine. By working with the right colocation services providers, businesses will be able to gain the broader interconnectivity choices that they can deliver in terms of cloud providers and internet exchanges that work in tandem with edge computing.
By moving IT infrastructure and data towards the edge, businesses reduce the distance between applications and users as well as sensor data processing for IoT. Businesses will need the broad and deep interconnection platforms that go deep into second and even third tier markets across the globe.
5G will also play well as a partner to existing Wi-Fi networks by lowering costs and increasing security via its closed carrier network structure. The benefits of global colocation providers like Telehouse will be key for SMBs to enterprises that must provide services and connect with workforces across the world in real time. These data center colocation providers will deliver the interconnectivity and exchanges that will bolster edge computing that will be driven by 5G.
Today’s leading data center colocation providers have the global reach and partnerships that stretch into second and third tier markets across the globe. As 5G comes into fruition and quickly expands, interconnection frameworks supported by these colocation providers will enable unprecedented network optimization, data transport and the services that they support.
The possibilities only start with traffic steering, manipulating video, or working as a gateway function for IoT based services that will expand and broaden lines of business, services and customer bases.